Dillion Lee, Terrell McGee, and Larry Blanks lead a powerful Raider rushing attack Thursday evening and 2A Midway’s JV football team downed the hometown 1A Spartans 29-14. This was the last night of junior varsity football for both teams, which have just joined the new Four County 1A/2A conference.
Austin Raynor found open recievers throughout the night, as his top recievers Paris Smith and Caleb Lockamy hauled in important catches on the night for the Raiders.
Union jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the game, but the Raider defense made a few adjustments to clog the defensive holes. The Raiders would then score 29 unanswered.
Union was lead offesively by Shyquan Brunson and Jawan Newkirk who both found the end zone on running plays. The most exciting play of the evening came late in the fourth quarter with the Raiders leading 29-8 when Brunson took the pitch from Dawson Thornton on a read option play to the left sideline. Brunson would end up racing down the right sideline by the end of the play for a 71 yard score.
Coach Jason Fussell of Midway stated how pleased he was with his team’s play not only tonight, but throughout the season. “We had some guys who had never played the game of football before that came out to tryouts, and they have made great strides. We’ve continued to improve all season, and I’m proud of the guys and pleased with what they accomplished this year.”
Those accomplishments include a 7-3 record with a 5-2 conference tally. Depending on results from the Wallace game, the Raiders could finish second in the conference this season.
Coach Josh Rackley of Union and his team battled through many injuries this season. It was tough for his team to ever really find their niche and get in a rhythm of playing with each other, when no lineup remained constant throughout the year. Many from his team found their way onto the varsity lineup as the year progressed, as well.
Rackley expressed how that made things tough, but he is really proud of his guys who were always willing to practice hard and do exactly what he told them to do. The Spartans finished the season 3-7, and second place over the 1A schools in their conference.